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Sharayah Francisco of Westminster, Colo., was among those warming up outside the CenturyLink Center Omaha in August of last year before "American Idol" auditions.




21 who auditioned in Omaha advance to next round of 'American Idol'

Music is in Quaid Edwards' blood.

Even though the Papillion man has been around the music biz for nearly his whole life, he was still nervous to perform for "American Idol" judges in Omaha.

"That was probably one of the most intimidating things I've ever done in my entire life," Quaid told The World-Herald.

Edwards, a 21-year-old senior at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, grew up watching his mother, Jolie Edwards, perform with major label country band Jolie and the Wanted.

His rendition of "Who's Loving You" by the Jackson 5 won him a trip to Hollywood along with 20 others who auditioned for "American Idol" in Omaha. The auditions, which were filmed last year, aired in an episode of "Idol" Thursday night.

Edwards watched at home with his friends, but he said he would be on the phone with his mom the whole time.

Amid shots of downtown Omaha, farm fields, tractors, tumbleweed and the CenturyLink Center Omaha, the episode of the music talent show featured dozens of contestants stepping in front of a backdrop that read "Greetings from Omaha" to show their stuff to Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.

Some contestants cried when the got a "golden ticket," which meant approval by the judges and a trip to Hollywood for the show's next round, and others cried when they didn't get one.

Others ran out of the CenturyLink Center screaming with joy.

The episode featured a lot of small-town Nebraska and Iowa contestants, but also others who came from Vermont, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Massachusetts and South Carolina.

Of those that auditioned in Omaha, 21 people got approval from Connick, Lopez and Urban to advance.


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